In 1988, Tom Cruise starred in the movie, "Cocktail". It changed the way the world viewed bartenders. Flair bartending became the rage and bottle flipping was suddenly the cool way to tend bar. Before that we had 007 ordering his Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred… hmmm… well here's something that Hollywood neglects to tell us.

Making a cocktail by just pouring the ingredients certainly looks easy, and flipping and shaking the cocktail makes sure that all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed to ensure the flavour comes out… right?... wrong!!!

It takes a lot of practice to acquire the “feel” of making a cocktail. It's not just the measure of each ingredient that matters, but the order in which it is placed and shaking and flipping, more often than not, “bruises” the alcohol and can alter the taste.

So , here's a few of our tremendously extensive list of cocktails to whet your appetite for a delicious, ever so inviting cocktail, made with experience and a lot of TLC.


bloody_maryPut four ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and add vodka and tomato juice. Add Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and celery salt. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. Serve decorated with a stick of celery. Finish with a light dusting of white pepper.



champagne_cocktailCover a sugar cube in Angostura bitters and place into a flute. Add brandy and top with Champagne.



dry_martinisPlace four ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and add gin and dry vermouth. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an olive on a cocktail stick.



gintonicPlace three ice cubes in a tall glass. Splash in a liberal measure of gin and top up the glass with tonic water. Drop in a slice of lemon, twisted to release some of the juice. Stir gently before serving.



mai-tai1 1/2 oz. Dark Rum

1/2 oz. each: Orange Curacao & creme de noyaux, lime juice
Dash of Grenadine if desired
Shake with ice & serve in a Hurricane or decorative glass
Or add extra juice & blend with crushed ice for a frozen variation.


margaritaPlace a scoop of crushed ice in a blender or shaker and add tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Blend or shake well. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in lemon juice and frost with salt. Add two ice cubes and gently pour the Margarita mixture over them, taking care not to disturb the salt frosting.



pina_colada15 ml Bacardi, 15 ml Malibu, 15 ml Coconut Cream, 30 ml Cream, 60 ml Pineapple Juice.

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.



singapore_slingPlace four ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and add gin, cherry brandy and lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. Top up with soda water and garnish with a slice of lemon and a cherry on a cocktail stick.



vodka_martiniPlace four or five ice cubes in a cocktail shaker, add vodka and vermouth and shake well. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and decorate it with a twist of lemon rind.